Themes in Classic Literature?

01 Sep

Here we are at the start of the third novel in our WEM quest.  I’m only a few chapters into Gulliver’s Travels, but I have noticed some shared themes between this novel and the first two books. 

1.  Travel 
     DQ had sallies throughout the countryside.  
     PP had its journey to the Celestial City.  
     Gulliver’s Travels–well, it’s in the title.  Traveling will be part of the story.

2. Giants
    Don Quixote thought he saw giants where windmills were.
    Christian had a terrible encounter with the Giant Despair.  There was also the Giant Maul.
    The people of Lilliput call Lemuel Gulliver a “man-mountain”.  To their six-inch frames, Gulliver is a giant.
    In the second part of GT, the roles are reversed.  Gulliver is tiny compared to the people of Brobdingnag

3. Bodily Functions:  I’ll try to be discreet and follow the lead of my fellow blogger.
    DQ had balsam; and a separate instance with Sancho on his donkey that I wish I could forget.
    In PP, Matthew takes a medicine to help him with his guilt gripe.
    So far in GT, I’ve read about two instances of No 1 and one instance of No 2.

So there you have it.  Major themes in classic literature. Impressive, no?


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5 responses to “Themes in Classic Literature?

  1. Jeannette

    September 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I am super impressed! I think you’ve skipped right to logic or rhetoric here.


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